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Re(1):Streets of Rage 4, Shenmue 3, Seaman 2.
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[QUOTE] Speaking of big-budget experiments, I've always viewed Shenmue as an amazing failure of a game. During the Dreamcast era Sega was laboring under the insane notion that games like Seaman were a good idea. Shenmue was the ultimate manifestation of that credo. It was gigantic labor of love where the term "love is blind" was never more apt. While I admire the audacity of the original game I agree with Iggy that the rerelease and Shenmue 3 are going to be huge expenditures of time, resources and nostalgia. An amazing failure is, despite its flaws, amazing nonetheless. It can provoke thought. It can contain isolated moments of greatness and wonder. It can potentially inspire future works that are both amazing and successful. I don't really have much of a personal relationship with the Shenmue series. But I think it's easily earned the right to take a crack at finishing the story and delivering a better version of a concept that was flawed in its execution but in many ways ahead of its time. [/QUOTE] Like so much of Sega's output it was so far ahead of it's time. There's no GTA or Yakuza without Shenmue paving the way! Aside from laying the groundworks for modern 3d open world games (and QTEs), what I really admire about Shenmue is it's overall sense of visual/world fidelity. It's a very complete feeling world. Much more so than a lot of the games that came after it. GTA 3 was a fun sandbox, but Shenmue felt so much more lively (and just had way better graphics overall in spite of being older and on weaker hardware). Sure it's clunky, but it's also overflowing with personality. I think that's what brings people back to it over the years. It's like going back to a little town that you love. Shenmue feels like a place, which is quite an achievement for a game! Also it has [URL=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qREMlE47eIY]SUKEBAN[/URL] and is thus very good [QUOTE]It can contain isolated moments of greatness and wonder. It can potentially inspire future works that are both amazing and successful.[/QUOTE] YES! Totally agree! This is how I've long felt about films and comics, and more and more about games. It's just that games are such a time sink compared to movies, so it's harder to be forgiving.
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